383. northern sky

“I never much bought into all the death cult stuff, the young artists who were just too pure for the world, or whatever. I guess I feel it’s the living we should focus on, the ones still dealing with it (whatever it even is) rolling with it, not ending it, intentionally or otherwise. Or as a stoned friend once put it of Jimi Hendrix, I prefer the stuff he did before he died. Which gets us to the only Nick Drake selection on this list, the only one I heard before I had any idea of why he was so damned important. True he was already long dead when I first stumbled upon Northern Sky via the Great Antilles Sampler (the 1980s sometime), but I didn’t know that. I just liked the song and it how it served the album’s overall eclectic flow – from folk to pop to free jazz to full-on experimental avant-everything. Music worth living for, goddamit.” (Philip Random)

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13. reSEARCH

The Need, installment #13 of The Research Series aired June-24-2018 on CiTR.FM.101.9.

The thirteenth of a planned forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, theme or agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.

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13. The Need

Clash – if music could talk
Jimi Hendrix – stone free again
John Martyn – I’d rather be the devil [part 2]
Brian Eno + Jah Wobble – spinner
African Head Charge – crocodile shoes [excerpt]
Sun Ra – exotic forest
Drome – hinterland
Minutemen – you need the glory
David Pritchard – the march of Mallory Bat
CTI – the need
Simple Minds – brass band [2]

Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.

 

421. rainy day … still dreaming

“Jimi Hendrix’s superlative 1968 double shot Electric Ladyland features two versions of his anthem toward getting high and dreamy on a rainy day (the first more laid back one being Rainy Day Dream Away, the second more explosive one being Still Raining Still Dreaming). I long ago linked them via an edit that I can’t even find now, but trust that it all flows nicely, powerfully together, with Hendrix rhapsodics to make even the gods cry, which leads to more rain, of course, more dreaming.” (Philip Random)

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457. pali gap

“On a bad night, with the wrong kind of ears, Pali Gap just sounds like more Hendrix noodling. The rhythm section locks into a groove, the great man proceeds to wander. But on a good night, with the right kind of lightning tearing up the sky, it’s a secret door to one of the Lord’s own mansions. Or as old friend Chris once put it, ‘With Hendrix sometimes, it’s not the notes he’s playing, it’s what they’re suggesting, except he plays so many f***ing notes, it’s impossible to grasp even a fraction of what he’s suggesting.’ So all the more reason to play Rainbow Bridge one more time (even if it has nothing to do with the movie of the same name).” (Philip Random)

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590. who knows?

“We’re listening to Who Knows from Band of Gypsys, the Jimi Hendrix 1970 New Years live album. Two guys are arguing about the relative quality of his backing magicians. The Experience versus the Band of Gypsys lineup of Buddy Myles and Billy Cox. A third guy finally pipes in, ‘Hey, if they were good enough for Jimi, they’re good enough for me. Now shut the f*** up and listen.’ Which, in the case of the Band of Gypsys, should drive home the point that barely eight months before his death, whatever may have been going down in the man’s personal life, Jimi Hendrix was anything but in a creative rut.” (Philip Random)

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660. nine to the universe

“Quoting my good friend Mark (who was no doubt stoned at the time), ‘The only essential Jimi Hendrix albums are the ones he recorded while he was still alive.’ By which, of course, he meant the ones that were released while he was still alive. But Mark did allow that 1980’s Nine To The Universe rated at least half an exception, ‘Because, man, some of that stuff is genuine proof of life after death.’ Perhaps because it was the first posthumous Hendrix release to not include dubious overdubs care of a producer who, revered as he may have been in the jazz universe, never should have been allowed near the Hendrix master tapes.” (Philip Random)

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45. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #45 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday July-22-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Podcast (Solid Time begins a few minutes in). Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

The Solid Time of Change is our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part Forty-Five of the journey went as follows:

  1. Genesis – the lamb lies down on Broadway
  2. Genesis – fly on a windshield
  3. Genesis – Broadway melody of 1974
  4. King Crimson – sailor’s tale
  5. Roxy Music – ladytron
  6. Jimi Hendrix – all along the watchtower
  7. Jimi Hendrix – 1983 … [a merman I should turn to be]
  8. Jimi Hendrix – moon, turn the tides … gently gently away
  9. Hawkwind – winds of change
  10. Hawkwind – the golden void
  11. Cream – white room
  12. Van Der Graaf – Pioneers over C
  13. Stevie Wonder – As

Randophonic radio is switching to rerun mode for a while. Expect stuff from the archives  for most of August, still broadcasting Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9. Our Facebook page remains a good way to stay on top of things.

810. hey baby (the new rising sun)

 

“The rumour I heard when I was maybe fifteen was that Jimi Hendrix was assassinated because of the movie Rainbow Bridge, the song Hey Baby in particular. Because in it, it was revealed that he was in fact an alien intelligence connecting with humanity via invisible currents of feedback, black magic and music, attempting to steer us all in the direction of the New Rising Sun. So Richard Nixon (no friend of outer space) issued an executive order to the CIA. Stop this entity, and with extreme prejudice. Use your best agents. Make it look like a typical rock star overdose.  And while you’re at it, get Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison as well.” (Philip Random)

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The 12 MixTapes of Christmas

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The Twelve Mixtapes of Christmas have got nothing to do with Christmas (beyond being a gift to you) and they’re not actually mix tapes, or CDs for that matter – just mixes, each 49-minutes long, one posted to Randophonic’s Mixcloud for each day of Twelvetide (aka the Twelve Days of Christmas).

The mixes are in fact remnants of an unfinished project from a few years back that had something to do with compiling a playlist for an alternative to Alternative Rock (or whatever) radio station. To be honest, we’re not one hundred percent clear about any of it because somebody spilled (what we hope is) red wine on the official transcript, thus rendering key parts illegible.

Bottom line: it’s five hundred eighty-eight minutes of music covering all manner of ground, from David Bowie to Bow Wow Wow to Tuxedomoon to Claudine Longet, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Captain Beefheart, Aphrodite’s Child, Tom Jones, Marilyn Manson, Ike + Tina Turner, anything and everything, as long as it’s good.